Common term for Germany
's V-1 missile
. These missiles, the first to use pulsejet engines
, were among the first long-distance cruise missiles
. Large numbers of buzz-bombs were directed at England
during World War II
They were loud enough to be heard for miles, but due to their design, the noise stopped just before they dropped. The characteristic pattern of loud buzzing, followed by silence, became a terrifying sign of impending destruction for the English.